Here at PowerTV we don’t like to waste time when it comes to starting a new project. So when we bought our latest project car it took less then 4 hours before we had it on the track. Our latest weapon of choice is a 2000 Chevy Camaro, dubbed Project All Air
While it is in its tame form now, equipped with a stock 3.8L V6 (hence Camaro minus two), this car will be becoming a nasty nine second all motor LS monster. Our goal is to show you, our viewers, how to build, step-by-step, a 9-second naturally aspirated LS-powered vehicle without super exotic parts. Most 9-second NA camaro’s are built under the veil of secrecy. Not Project All Air.
The car is going to be built up using components a variety of leading aftermarket companies. Horsepower will come courtesy of a 454ci World Products Warhawk LS7-based engine with a Carb. We were using the World Warhawk block, the Warhawk 12-degree heads to make almost 700 hp. BMR Fabrication with provide the suspension, andMoser, the M9 rear end.
However, before we started the build, it was time to thrash our stocker. With it being my first time at the dragtrack, I thought it would be fitting as my first ride. I’ve always liked the Camaros of that time. With nothing to loose I pulled up to the line for my first trip down the strip.
After making the wimpiest burn out of the night, I stomped my right foot at the green light and took the V6 to a 9.93 at 70.26 mph. The car hooked up fine. Without any power to spare I didn’t have to worry about tire pressure or feathering the gas to get the tires to hook up. Didn’t even have to worry about shifting gears. Heck, I didn’t have any power at all.
After subjecting the poor little stocker to another run, I turned the keys over to one of our camera guys Jay to see what he could do. This was Jay’s first time down the 1320′ well. I decided that I would ride along with him for his first time. Jay ran a 10.64 at 68.29 MPH which wasn’t bad seeing there was an extra 200 pounds in the passenger seat! So seeing how well he did we decided that he would be fine on his own. The very next run Jay got the best reaction time of anyone.
After going in deep, and I mean deep, Jay decided that an eighth mile was just a little to far for him to run. So he pulled right pass the staging lights and waited for the start about twenty feet pass the start line! Luckily the guy next to him had the same idea and pulled right up next to him passing the starting line as well.
After the starter used a push broom to trip the staging lights, Jay was off. Recording a R/T of .624, (the guy next to him got a .359 R/T) but ran a tenth of a second slower at the eighth. With a reaction time of .624 by a broom handle, we’re not sure we’re going to be putting camera guys behind the wheels of any of our projects in the future.
Plans for this car are extensive. With a 454 cubic inch Bill Mitchell LSX7 engine making over 650 hp, a Moser M9 rear end, and me behind the wheel of this car will be a far cry from the nice little V6 baby it is now. We’ll also be adding a Powerglide transmission, full fuel system, and maybe even a really cool “wrap” that will make the Project All Air stand out at the track.